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General Conference

September 30th, 2017 by G.

Watch at LDS. org.  Also on youtube, BYUtv.com, and other locations.

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September 30th, 2017 12:22:28

Court of the Red Tsar

September 29th, 2017 by G.

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag ...

The Court of the Red Tsar is the latest book I can add to the notches on my tally. Just finished it last night.

I rate it highly. (more…)

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September 29th, 2017 14:31:28

Space X Mars Plans

September 29th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

I love a feller who boasts until he is blue in his fizzyognomees.  I do the same mahself.  Why, many o’ mah most specktackulary feats wuz accomplished by dint o’ wakin’ up the next  morning and feeling obleeged to foller through on mah boastins o’ the night afore.

I don’t expect as wut he kin achieve his braggin’s in every partickular.  I do reckon as how Boss Musk is a savvy patron who’s done himself right proud heretofores.  There’s gold in that thar ore.  He kin ride with Pecos Bill any time.

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September 29th, 2017 14:27:00

Note on Jeremy Guthrie

September 29th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Early in the spring, former LDS missionary and veteran pitcher Jeremy Guthrie started what would be his only game of the 2017 season. (“So, how was your 38th birthday?”) July 31st he announced his retirement. (link) On August 31st, Brother Guthrie let anyone reading Twitter know: “My next chapter has me teaching early morning seminary class at Sunset High. Please share any ideas you may have from your fav teachers.” Something to think about as the regular season concludes this last weekend of September. Repeating myself from April, “He’s one of us, and it’s on to the next part of his life.”

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September 29th, 2017 09:41:36

Obedezco pero no Cumplo

September 29th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Venezuela After Chávez | venezuelanalysis.com

What is the moral duty of obedience to the laws?  There is one, clearly.  It is the Western tradition that at some extreme of tyranny, this moral duty lapses.

Where the dividing line is has never been satisfactorily defined.  It probably cannot be satisfactorily defined.   The only positions that do not involve a lot of gas and bloviation are autocracy and anarchy.

But even that traditional conception of obedience up to the point of tyranny is binary in its own way.  Because traditionally the obedience owed prior to tyranny was absolute, and after tyranny the bonds of obedience were dissolved.  Imagine a switch with two settings: submit or revolt. (more…)

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September 29th, 2017 07:15:10

Parliament of Birds

September 28th, 2017 by G.

At a parliament of birds, a crow made the first proposal. He urged them to help him raid a fruit orchard.  That the fruit was not theirs was of no moment, he said, because life was a struggle and all that mattered was strength and cunning. He proposed tthat other birds distract the farmer with song and other deceits while he gathered the fruit, which he promised he would then surely share.

The parliament rejected his proposal. By his own words, his promise to share was worth nothing.  (more…)

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September 28th, 2017 09:23:35

Junk Food Politics

September 27th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the more perceptive comments on the Trump phenomenon:


The world is getting more addictive, and politics is getting more hyper-palatable too.

-thus FoJG Handle.

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September 27th, 2017 06:53:46

Rendering Assistance in the Lord’s Way

September 26th, 2017 by G.


I really enjoyed Bishop Brown’s discussion of how the Church welfare system worked in the 1977 welfare session of General Conference.  Those are still the basic elements, although relying more on general social services outside of Utah.

In the spirit of the last post on sharing basic Mormon practices that may be of interest to followers of the Way, I thought I’d share a couple of basic experiences with the Church welfare system from the inside.


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September 26th, 2017 05:30:06

Asking Questions

September 25th, 2017 by G.

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In the spirit of the Benedict Option, this post will highlight some practical things that Mormons do to keep their youth faithful and on the strait and narrow.  We do much better than most in those regards (though we only look successful comparatively, we have a long way to go ourselves).  The two efforts tend to be intertwined because the sexual revolution is probably the single biggest challenge to faith in our era.  And that is the first pointer.  There is no alternative to biting the bullet and taking a firm line in opposition to the sexual revolution.  Yes, some will leave because of it.  But if you waffle, the same folks plus others will simply drift away, because it won’t be clear that your faith offers anything concrete.

So here are a couple of practical things the Mormons do. (more…)

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September 25th, 2017 06:04:33

Damnation or Eternal Life: Therefore Choose

September 22nd, 2017 by G.

All that is Good is inside this creation – creation is where the concept of Good has meaning. In particular all loving relationships are inside of creation, made possible by God’s creation.
Yet there is another reality outside of creation; so denial of Christianity is not incoherent – there is another reality which might coherently be chosen in preference to God’s creation.
What would such an opt-out of God’s creation entail? Outside creation is not evil; but it is chaotic, meaningless, purposeless and lacking in any true relationships between beings.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

Very good, though I don’t know if it makes much sense to distinguish between that which is evil and that which is chaotic, meaningless, purposeless and lacking in true relationship. (more…)

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September 22nd, 2017 05:43:54

Embarrassed by the Gift

September 21st, 2017 by G.

I gave a friend a blessing last night.  The blessing was nothing but generic platitudes, like you could read in a horoscope.  (I am not saying the blessing was not inspired.  Platitudes are mostly what people need to hear.)

I was thinking it over.  I recall having given many blessings that were more specific and more miraculous in their content.  In a mild way, my lads, I am no Moses or Joseph Smith.  Even so, enough that it was obvious to those of us involved that the hand of God was in it.  I was trying to remember the details, but couldn’t.

Why?  I had not realized before, but a common feature of all the blessings I’ve given where some of the power of Godliness was present was embarrassment on my part.  I treated it like I would any other compliment and distanced myself from the whole thing.  After the strictest sect of our culture I lived a WASP.

I think some change of attitude is in order.  I need to exult a little more.

This may come as a bit of surprise to you, dear fellows, since I exult plenty on the blog.  And for those who know me in real life, too, since I have my turns of swaggering around cock-a-hoop, which is how I ended up with a wife far prettier than my merits.

But to that I say that the exultation I do here is not for myself and to the extent that it is, is something in the nature of practice and play.  And the real life swaggering is more than half a joke.

Cease to be more embarrassed than is needful.

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September 21st, 2017 06:41:36

Effort to Effortless

September 21st, 2017 by G.

Conversion is such that walking in love and glory requires a lot of conscious effort at first.  The default is to slip out of it, and in fact mostly we do.  We have to repent and summon up our resolve to get back in.

With time and experience, it becomes more natural.  It takes more effort to sin.  One has to work at it.

At some point, it becomes impossible to not walk in love and glory.  It is not only the  natural state.  It is the only state.

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September 21st, 2017 06:10:49


September 20th, 2017 by Vader

The other day, His Majesty and I were in a bit of a rush to get to a formal dinner and fund raiser. We don’t attend many such events any more — for which I am deeply grateful — but His Majesty insisted on this one. It was a Greenpeace dinner, whose purpose was to raise funds to oppose the use of chemicals to control mosquito populations in the areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.


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September 20th, 2017 16:20:06

Link Corral

September 20th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

Gints, I aim to round up a few links.

This here cayus J.S. Mills was an goldurn hornswoggling skunk and a varmint.  Taint natcheral that we base our moral cogitations on the screech-owl hootin’s of a feller who needed ridin’ out o’ town on a rail.

Their marriage was preceded by twenty years of brazen and self-righteous infidelity. When Mill met Harriet she was married to a good-natured pharmacist of enlightened political opinions, if no great intelligence, named John Taylor. After three years of growing mutual obsession, they bullied him into giving Harriet her own household, where she lived with their three children and entertained Mill on weekends. No one, not even his family, was permitted to mention Harriet’s name in Mill’s presence, much less to allude to the scandal their conduct had raised. His oldest friend, John Arthur Roebuck, was the only one who ever dared; Mill never spoke to him again. The couple withdrew into their private ménage, reassuring each other that it was only society’s “baby morality” (her phrase) that cast shame on their exalted passion.

I have a pair of hosses that is as matched as a feller could want.  I call the one o’ them Cassandra and t’other Mark Steyn.

‘Margaret Thatcher famously said that the problem with socialism was that you eventually run out of other people’s money. Similarly, the problem with open borders lunacy is that eventually you run out of other people’s neighbourhoods


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September 20th, 2017 15:23:36

Can Christianity save the West? And which church?

September 19th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Bruce C has written of a need for return to basic/mere Christianity in his blog albionawakening.blogspot.com/ (more…)

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September 19th, 2017 17:56:53